Rumba is fiesta, it is the music, and singing and dancing that make
up a party.
Rumba was brought together by people of African and Spanish descent.
CARMEN, Rumbas & Bulerias de España
“Love is like a bird
Carmen is the personification of a new class, the class
of independent women who would not let men rule their own beliefs. Flamenco
was originated by the gypsies who came to Spain from India and the
Middle East. The arrival of the Gypsies was first recorded at the
time of the unification of Spain, under Isabel and Fernando, "the
Catholic Kings" during the discovery of America. After the conquest
of the New World, The flamenco Andaluz started to spread during the
middle of different folkloric and musical song styles. The Spanish
inspired songs from South America and the Caribbean are also an
enrichment of Andalusian flamenco.
Soul of the People, Rich in Traditions”
Celebrates the rhythms
that influenced the music, dance and history of Latin America.
Performed by the Company
The Spirits of Rumba,
If you are losing control because
of the rhythm in your soul, if you should be in bed, but you are
dancing on the street instead, that is the spirit of Rumba. Rumba is
fiesta, it is the music, and singing and dancing that make up a
When the Africans were
brought to the New World as slaves, they found that their beliefs
were coincidentally very similar. The Seven Powers
of Africa were also the most important celestial deities
of the indigenous empires that resembled those of the Mayans and
Aztecs from Mexico, the Incas from Peru and Muiscas from Colombia.
These beliefs and rituals eventually blended together with those of
the natives and were celebrated in secret. The Spaniards tried
desperately to eliminate them unsuccessfully, and decided to also
combine the Catholic saints with the seven powers of life.
Buenas No Bailan Tango - (Good Girls Do Not Dance Tango)
The tango has its
origins in Argentina, as immigrants from Europe, Africa, and unknown
ports streamed into the outskirts of Buenos Aires in the 1880s. It
symbolizes the hopes, successes, and failures of the millions of
immigrants who were concentrated in the big cities. Originally the
tango was prohibited for upper class women to take part, but during
the first two decades of the 20th century, tango took Paris by
Revolution of 1910-1920)
not only important as political figures and role models, but they
were also successful on the battlefields. These women were called
the soldaderas, or soldier-woman. They were the battlefield heroes
of the Mexican Revolution. The name of one lives on in legend, “Adelita”.
Salsa “La Vida es un Carnaval”
Salsa means sauce, gravy, and its
ingredients are many, depending upon where it’s made. But one thing
is certain: it’s got plenty of spice. Like much of the greatest
popular music, the creative fire was lit when Africa met the
cultural cauldron of the New World. For salsa it began in Cuba in
the 1940s. With heaping measures of musical Spain, France and the
country dances of England, the son was formed and Cuba set modern
Latin dance music in motion. With the varied ingredients in place, a
transformation took place not in the Caribbean but on the street of
New York (and increasingly in Miami). It was there than Puerto
Ricans and Cubans had come to settle as a result of the joint
upheavals of poverty in the former and isolation due to the
revolution in the latter.
SIEMPRE, EL REY DEL MAMBO (To
the Great Tito Puente)
Grammy award winner, Latino Ambassador of Good Will, Doctor of Arts
and Sciences, Internationally acclaimed performer - there are simply
not enough words to describe Tito Puente, the greatest.
the Beautiful - NUESTRAS BANDERAS! (Our Flags)
USA gives millions of people from other countries the opportunity to
live freely and feel welcome. This dance reminds us all that we are
proud to be living in the USA.
Ana Ines King